Agnes Odhiambo is a researcher with the women’s rights division of Human Rights Watch, where she investigates violations of women’s rights in sub-Saharan Africa. She currently focuses on maternal and reproductive health, violence against women, and child marriage. Since joining Human Rights Watch in 2009, Odhiambo has documented the human rights implications of obstetric fistula in Kenya, researched sexual violence affecting Somali women and girls in Kenyan refugee camps, investigated South Africa’s inadequate response to abuses against maternity patients by health workers, and documented the severe consequences of child and forced marriage in South Sudan and Malawi. Formerly, her work involved working with the media in Southern and Eastern Africa to promote women’s rights and provide a space for women’s voices, including through media monitoring, research, and training. Odhiambo has a master’s degree and a Ph.D., focusing on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the discourse of sexuality and gender, from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
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